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Soćko and Wojtaszek are 2016 Chess Champions of Poland

The Individual Polish Chess Championships 2016 for men and women were held from 29 March to 7 April in Poznan, Poland.

Both sections were played as 10-player round robin tournaments.

GM Monika Soćko convincingly won the women’s championship with 7/9 points leaving the nearest follower WGM Jolanta Zawadzka a full point behind. This is the 7th national title for Soćko, after 1995, 2004, 2008, 2010, 2013 and 2014.

Monika Soćko

In the men’s section the top rated GM Radosław Wojtaszek won the competition with 6,5/9 points, half a step ahead of GM Kacper Piorun. This is third national title for Wojtaszek, who also won the trophy in 2005 and 2014.

Last year champion GM Grzegorz Gajewski finished last, coming directly from the Candidates Tournament where he was second of Viswanathan Anand.

Radosław Wojtaszek

Radosław Wojtaszek

Photos by Łukasz Turlej

Final standings (men):

1. GM Radosław Wojtaszek MTS Kwidzyn 2713 – 6.5
2. GM Kacper Piorun KSz Stilon Gorzów Wlkp. 2655 – 6.0
3-4. GM Mateusz Bartel KSz Polonia Wrocław 2625 and GM Jan-Krzysztof Duda MKS MOS Wieliczka 2652 – 5.5
5. GM Dariusz Świercz KSz Polonia Wrocław 2665 – 5.0
6. GM Kamil Dragun KSz Stilon Gorzów Wlkp. 2594 – 4.5
7. IM Maciej Klekowski TS Wisła Kraków 2432 – 3.5
8-9. IM Marcel Kanarek KSz Stilon Gorzów Wlkp. 2532 and GM Jacek Tomczak Akademia Szachowa Gliwice 2603 – 3.0
10. GM Grzegorz Gajewski KSz “HETMAN” Katowice 2633 – 2.5

Final standings (women):

1. GM Monika Soćko KSz “HETMAN” Katowice 2461 – 7.0
2. WGM Jolanta Zawadzka KSz Polonia Wrocław 2432 – 6.0
3. IM Iweta Rajlich KSz Polonia Wrocław 2389 – 5.0
4-7. WIM Mariola Woźniak KSz Polonia Wrocław 2154, WGM Karina Szczepkowska-Horowska MKSz Rybnik 2403, WGM Klaudia Kulon MKS przy MDK Trzcianka 2298 and WIM Anna Kantane KSz Polonia Wrocław 2310 – 4.5
8. WFM Ewa Harazińska KMKSzach VICTORIA KOMPLEXBUD 2310 – 3.5
9. WFM Oliwia Kiołbasa MUKS “Stoczek 45″ Białystok 2348 – 3.0
10. WGM Joanna Majdan-Gajewska Niezrzeszona 2380 – 2.5

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